Masjid Al Markaz Al Islami Makassar, South Sulawesi Indonesia
The idea appeared in early 1989 in which time the late General M. Amir al-Hajj Yusuf as to convey the idea of a monumental mosque in Ujung Pandang (now Makassar) to the various figures who perform the pilgrimage, including Munawir Sjadzali, Edi Sudradjat, M. Jusuf Kalla and some others; and spontaneous acclaim.
In the month of Ramadan 1414H (March 3, 1994), General (Retired) M. Jusuf invited several ministers and a number of businessmen. He then put forward the idea of building a center of Islamic civilization development of the core of a mosque, and placed in Makassar. Not just because he comes from South Sulawesi, but because the city is the central point of eastern Indonesia, and the religious community, looks like a presentation later on large pilgrimage.
Funds collected spontaneously during the meeting, not only from officials and Muslim businessmen. But also from non-Muslim entrepreneurs like Prayogo Pangestu, James T Riyadi or Harry Darmawan.